Red Cross Spent Half a Billion Dollars to Build Six Homes in Haiti


The American Red Cross raised more than half a billion dollars to bring relief to Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake there, but it grossly overstated what the money bought.

Although the organization claimed to have provided housing to more than 130,000 people, it actually only built six permanent homes, according to a report by ProPublica and NPR.

That year, the Red Cross kicked off a big project to revitalize the neighborhood of Campeche in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. However, it has yet to build any homes in the neighborhood, and its residents still live in shacks without access to clean water, electricity, and basic sanitation.

Much of the Red Cross’s failure stems from passing on the money to other groups with more expertise in building projects, which resulted in less of the funds reaching those in need, ProPublica found.

“Like many humanitarian organizations responding in Haiti, the American Red Cross…

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5 responses to “Red Cross Spent Half a Billion Dollars to Build Six Homes in Haiti

  1. Robert

    Maybe the Clinton Foundation should have been put in charge of the entire she-bang. They do such “good works” we are told. Trying to function in an effective manner in a third world country is always a challenge. Doing so on an island is worse and doing so in the poorest nation in the western hemisphere makes it impossible. Nothing will ever fix Haiti short of a cat 5 hurricane that removes every living thing from the island. Sad, but true.

  2. JK

    Wondering whether the $500,000.00 contribution the Algerians made got more than the two houses the Red Cross managed?

  3. Minta Marie Morze

    I wrote some of this before somewhere, but here it is with some additions.

    I looked at a story about the Girl Scouts losing members, and found that there were thousands of girls waiting to join, but there were no adults for them. And in the same article it said the number of adults and the number of current members, and I realized there were enough adults for there to be 1 adult for every three girls—but the problem was obvious when I read that the GS Headquarters was going to have to cut down on expenses and lay off hundreds of people from their administration buildings. Libraries, charities, Scouting—Progressives touch things, become administrators, dole out the funding, contract with their friends for services they used to perform themselves, bring family and friends in to what becomes a gravy-train, and finally there is no one to be found who is actually doing what volunteers used to take pride in doing. Things have become so structured now, and so hierarchical, and so filled with titles and fiefdoms and PC and such—we’ve lost a lot of the spontaneous interactions that used to be found in communities.

    A large number of charities and groups—perhaps most—are doing this now.

    Did you know that, with almost all the places you call to have someone come to your house to pick up donations of good clothes, mostly unworn (because someone had passed), what happens is that most charities contract-out for pickup services, and the nationwide services who pick up for charities weigh the clothes and pay the charity itself about 20-cents a pound for them. The pickup service then sells the stuff in for-profit “thrift shops”, and the charities get the 20-cents a pound—so little it’s sickening. The same is true for household goods and tools and electronic equipment, except I don’t know how little the charity itself gets for these other things.

    Our forefathers knew that only a virtuous people could successfully embody America. We are seeing their truth enacted before our eyes, as the institutions and volunteerism of America are changing into the non-productive crony-greed-filled-money-machines of the Leftist United States.

    They know exactly what they are doing.

    • Thanks for your comments Minta. The Girl Scouts were taken over by feminists with an agenda decades ago – it’s not the same organization I was a part of as a young girl. The Boy Scouts have tried to hold out, but even people like Robert Gates seem to be urging them to fold. The values and character-building aspects that enshrined an American can-do spirit have largely evaporated.
      As to the other big charity groups, there’s also an unholy alliance between many of the “Christian” charities and federal dollars for many of their charity programs, which further creates a huge politicized agenda that far outweighs the needs of those whom the charity is supposed to “help”. The top staff at many big name charities live big and while probably not quite as big as the Clintons, few of these bigwigs running these charities have taken a vow of poverty, sad to say.

      • Robert

        Beware BIG everything…big business, big government and most disgustingly-big religion.

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